Day 16 – Whole30 Flank Steak with Mango Salsa. I’m longing for my warm summers back and what a better way to remind me of summer than mango salsa. It’s tropical, sweet, tangy with a kick of heat. Top it on any meat such as a flank steak and now you have your summer back.
Tonight was my first class on ClassPass and I was super excited to try a new barre class at The Barre Code in Sunnyvale. I’m interested to see how different this class is compared to my first barre class at Pure Barre.
The studio was much longer with one mirror on one side of the wall. I made the mistake of being on the side without the mirror and I couldn’t see what the instructor was doing. I listened carefully and looked back often to make sure I was doing it right. Next time, I’ll be next to the instructor so I can look at what she’s doing.
We start off the class with a warm up for 10 minutes to get our heart pumping and blood flowing. We then place an elastic band around our thighs and keep it on for the entire class. This band was pure torture but the pain felt so good.
We first work our legs by doing sit down movements where we grab onto the bar and we sit like we’re sitting on a chair. It doesn’t seem hard until you start pulsing an inch lower and holding each movement to the beat of the music. I felt my legs shake uncontrollably, I’m sweating profusely, and I felt like I was going to collapse. Luckily, I didn’t pass out and I survived it.
The next segment was upper body using weights. I picked 2 lb. weights which doesn’t seem heavy but when you start focusing on small movements, you feel every muscles as if you’re lifting 20 lb. barbels. I can feel my muscles tear as it burned away the calories. My arms felt like they were going to fall off afterwards.
The next segment were focused on buttocks and inner thighs. We laid on our side, lifted our legs off the ground, formed a diamond by touching our heels together and opened and closed them. The rubber band made this movement harder than it looked. The last portion of the workout was core strengthening and did pilates 100, crunches, toe touches, and obliques to name a few. We finished the workout by stretching our entire body and focused on our breathing with the lights off and slow music.
The work out was intense and I am certain I will feel my sore muscles tomorrow. No pain no gain, right? As I type this blog entry, I am feeling my buttocks and shoulder muscles aching. This is a sign of a great workout.
The only thing about the barre classes that I’m noticing is that no one talks to each other. I miss the Crossfit vibe where we encourage each other and actually know each other’s name. The coaches at Crossfit make an effort to introduce new members to the class. We also did a lot of partner workouts so it was easier to meet new people.
The cool thing about ClassPass is that there are Crossfit gyms on the list so I will take a class soon.
I’m excited about my fitness journey this year and I’m happy to be sharing it with the world. I’ve struggled over the years with diet and exercise and I’m here to share my wins and struggles. Blogging allows me to be real and accountable for my actions and I’m going to keep it real.
- 2 tbs of coconut amino acids
- juice of a lemon
- 2 cloves of garlic
- a pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 lb of skirt steak
- 1 mango, peeled and diced
- 1 beefsteak tomato, diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 1 cup of cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1/2 of a red onion, diced
- juice of a lime
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbs of ghee for frying
- Place the coconut amino acids, lemon juice, garlic cloves, salt and pepper into a zip lock bag and mix well. Add the flank steak and marinate for at least 30 minutes of overnight
- Combine the remainder of ingredients in an air tight container and mix well, season with salt and pepper to taste
- Heat cast iron to medium-high heat. Add the ghee and let it smoke.
- Place the steak and cook for 6-8 minutes on each side, approximately 15 minutes.